Detroit Tigers Minor League Recap – Week 4
Erie SeaWolves, 16-8, 3rd (2.0 GB) in Double-A Northeast, Southwest Division
Erie has been the hottest team in the system so far, but they had a pedestrian 3-3 week against the Altoona Curve. The SeaWolves took game one in the series 5-1, getting a big home run from Dane Myers (1-for-4, 2RBI) and strong pitching from Pedro Payano (4IP, 2H, ER, 2BB, 5K) and the bullpen. Altoona held Erie to just four hits on Wednesday as they scratched out a 3-2 victory, and on Thursday they jumped out to a 6-1 lead and then withstood a late 3-run bomb from Ryan Kreidler for a 7-5 win.
Friday’s game was rained out, so the teams met for two on Saturday. The Curve made it three straight wins in game one with a 2-1 triumph in which they once again held the Howlers to just four hits. The ‘Wolves took a 4-0 lead early in game two, and though Altoona scored twice in the 4th, they were actually being no-hit until the 6th, when Gerson Moreno (2IP, 2H, 2ER, K) gave up two solo home runs to knot the score at 4. But three straight singles from Kerry Carpenter, Josh Lester, and Dylan Rosa gave Erie a 5-4 lead, and Moreno was able to finish the game for the win. The SeaWolves fought hard to earn the series draw on Sunday, getting a two-run homer from Rosa in the 8th to pull within one run, and then capping off a 7-6 win when Kreidler hit a 2-run shot of his own in the 9th.
- Erie’s issue last week seemed to be offense, as the club combined to bat just .232 with five home runs. Riley Greene (6-for-20, 2 2B, 5BB, 7K) was the only regular on the team to hit .300 on the week.
- The SeaWolves might be in the most competitive division in all of minor league baseball. Five of the six teams in the Southwest Division have a winning percentage over .600, which explains why Erie is in 3rd place despite winning two out of every three games.
- Ryan Kreidler had an all-or-nothing week. Detroit’s 4th-round pick in 2019 went 7-for-25 with three big home runs, but he also struck out 11 times and walked just once. He leads the league with 39 strikeouts.